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March 5, 2013 | Tina Susman
The MIT students were stumped, or as stumped as a group of young adults with SAT scores dwarfing the average mortgage payment could be when faced with the question: Is it ever acceptable to dunk? Quiet settled over the roomful of round tables, where not a backward cap, gum-chomping jaw nor buzzing, bleeping or chirping cellphone was to be seen. A young woman's voice emerged from the back with the answer that etiquette expert Dawn Bryan was hoping to hear: "Basically, you don't dunk unless it's biscotti.
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December 16, 2013 | By Hugo Martín
If you are a parent who lets your children scream and go nuts on a plane, congratulations - you top the list of most annoying etiquette violators in the air. Parents who travel with loud children are considered more annoying than passengers who kick the in front of them and travelers with foul odors. Even fliers who take off their shoes and socks in the air-tight cabin are less offensive, according to a survey of 1,001 Americans by the travel website Expedia. Annoying children and their parents were ranked by 41% of those surveyed as the most annoying airplane etiquette violators.
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NEWS
July 10, 2003 | Katherine Tolford, Special to The Times
Seven-year-olds Serena Beggs and Alexandra Valladares are in total agreement that the proper way to wipe their mouths at the table is to gently dab their lips with their napkins. "You don't want to wipe in big circles or you'll get it all over your face," Serena says. The two are students in etiquette consultant Maggie O'Farrill's six-hour manners class.
BUSINESS
December 15, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
If you are a parent who lets your kids scream and go nuts on a plane - congratulations - you top the list of most annoying etiquette violators in the air. Parents who travel with loud kids are considered more annoying than passengers who kick the back of seats and travelers with nasty odors. Even fliers who take off their shoes and socks in the airtight cabin are less offensive, according to a survey of 1,001 Americans by the travel website Expedia.com. Annoying children and their parents were ranked by 41% of those surveyed as the most annoying airplane etiquette violators.
SPORTS
November 16, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
There was something strange happening Friday night during the Chaminade-Morningside Western Division football playoff opener. Chaminade players were sending out tweets via Twitter in the middle of the game. I'm thinking, how did the players get access to their phones during the game? As it turns out, Coach Ed Croson pulled his starters in the second quarter of the 71-8 victory and allowed them to shower at halftime and return for the second half in street clothes. So that explained all the tweets.
BUSINESS
December 15, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
If you are a parent who lets your kids scream and go nuts on a plane - congratulations - you top the list of most annoying etiquette violators in the air. Parents who travel with loud kids are considered more annoying than passengers who kick the back of seats and travelers with nasty odors. Even fliers who take off their shoes and socks in the airtight cabin are less offensive, according to a survey of 1,001 Americans by the travel website Expedia.com. Annoying children and their parents were ranked by 41% of those surveyed as the most annoying airplane etiquette violators.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 24, 1985
Beverly Hills school officials, convinced that good manners breed success, are preparing to teach their students about the little things that mean a lot. What clothes to wear, what fork to use, how much to tip and how to address dignitaries are just a few of the social graces that will be part of a new etiquette program that is in the planning stages in the district. The program is being written by Judi Kaufman, president of Communication Development Associates Inc.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 1997 | DARRELL SATZMAN
That only a handful of people showed up this week at the Woodland Hills Library for "Holiday Tablesetting With Fifi," a free workshop in dining room etiquette, may say something about the importance of formality in our society. Nevertheless, those who attended heard from instructor Marian Fifi Locke that etiquette goes beyond good posture and manners and knowing which knife is for the butter--it can also be about creativity. "It really is a lost art form.
NEWS
June 26, 1992 | ROBIN ABCARIAN
Whose responsibility is safe sex? We know the answer to that--in theory. But when it really comes down to it, between a man and a woman, who's going to make sure a condom is used? I have the luxury of pondering the question from the vantage point of a long, monogamous marriage. I don't have to worry about how to introduce the concept of protection without throwing cold water on passion or offending a new partner.
NEWS
November 2, 1992 | From Associated Press
A 43-page Sheriff's Department handbook gives deputies advice on how to eat a banana, how to shake hands and a variety of other issues concerning proper conduct. It also answers the question: Is an awards banquet the time for the well-dressed detective to break out that safari jacket or expensive cowboy hat?
SPORTS
November 16, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
There was something strange happening Friday night during the Chaminade-Morningside Western Division football playoff opener. Chaminade players were sending out tweets via Twitter in the middle of the game. I'm thinking, how did the players get access to their phones during the game? As it turns out, Coach Ed Croson pulled his starters in the second quarter of the 71-8 victory and allowed them to shower at halftime and return for the second half in street clothes. So that explained all the tweets.
TRAVEL
November 3, 2013
Mark Boster, photographer, deserves much praise for the lead photo on the Travel section cover with the story "Talk About Color" [Oct. 27], in which flamingos are reflected in the water where orange koi are also swimming. The orange, green, and black colors, with the huge flamingos seeming to melt into the water, make a great pre-Halloween image. Thank you, Mark Boster, thank you L.A. Times. Cherie Rouse Loma Linda Regarding Catharine Hamm's Oct. 27 More for Your Money column, "Playing Your Credit Cards Right": We were scheduled to depart for a 22-day trip to England and France on Monday, Sept.
SPORTS
June 12, 2013 | By Mike Hiserman
Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke was right. Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Ian Kennedy was wrong. At the risk of sounding like baseball's Mr. Manners, that's the bottom line in the hit-batters exchange that sparked Tuesday night's basebrawl between the Dodgers and Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium. Major League Baseball will be sorting things out and probably issuing suspensions, and the Dodgers may be hit the hardest because at least a couple of their players threw punches after Kennedy drilled Greinke in the shoulder with a rising fastball.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2013 | By Anthony York, Los Angeles Times
BEIJING - Present your business card with two hands. Go ahead and slurp your soup. Give gifts to clients, but by all means avoid clocks and knives. These are among the cultural hints and etiquette tips that California's new China Trade and Investment Office offered to dozens of political and business delegates traveling here with Gov. Jerry Brown this week. The group arrived Monday, ahead of Brown, who was celebrating his 75th birthday. The trade office will open officially later this week, when Brown and his entourage travel to Shanghai for the official ribbon cutting.
NATIONAL
March 5, 2013 | Tina Susman
The MIT students were stumped, or as stumped as a group of young adults with SAT scores dwarfing the average mortgage payment could be when faced with the question: Is it ever acceptable to dunk? Quiet settled over the roomful of round tables, where not a backward cap, gum-chomping jaw nor buzzing, bleeping or chirping cellphone was to be seen. A young woman's voice emerged from the back with the answer that etiquette expert Dawn Bryan was hoping to hear: "Basically, you don't dunk unless it's biscotti.
SPORTS
December 27, 2012 | By Gary Klein
As part of Sun Bowl game activities in El Paso, Texas, USC and Georgia Tech are scheduled to visit Ft. Bliss on Thursday afternoon. The question: Will the Trojans be on time? They should be to help counter the perception they are lacking in social graces. On Wednesday night, the Trojans arrived about an hour late for a dinner that was to involve both teams and bowl officials. Georgia Tech Coach Paul Johnson and his team were leaving as the Trojans arrived. A USC athletic department spokesman said the Trojans' tardiness was because of their late arrival at the airport, which pushed back the start of practice and its return to the team hotel before departing for the dinner.
NEWS
October 19, 1993 | KATHLEEN DOHENY
Cash in fist, you hurry to the supermarket express line, where 10 items is the limit and you'll breeze through. Guess again. Ahead of you is a blatant rule-breaker, a shopper with 15 or 20 items. Hardly a surprise to John Trinkaus, a visiting distinguished professor of management at St. John's University in New York who researches compliance at express checkout lanes. One of four express-lane shoppers breaks the rules, he found in his latest study.
NEWS
July 23, 1991 | HERB MOSES, Herb Moses , a financial analyst for the Federal National Mortgage Assn. , lives with U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.). Moses wrote this for the Washington Post
I am the only member of the congressional gay spouse caucus. While this makes meetings a breeze, it presents its own set of definitional and etiquette problems for which I have not yet found a solution. Straight and gay friends know us as Barney and Herb, but introductions to strangers require a fast read on the audience. The accepted gay term is lover, but to me that sounds like we are always hopping in and out of bed.
SPORTS
December 27, 2012 | By Gary Klein
EL PASO - USC Coach Lane Kiffin, who delivered several apologies for missteps during the regular season, offered another Thursday for etiquette slips by the Trojans in the run-up to Monday's Sun Bowl against Georgia Tech. On Wednesday night, the Trojans arrived late for a kick-off dinner that was to involve both teams and bowl officials. Georgia Tech Coach Paul Johnson and his team were leaving as the Trojans arrived. The perceived slight, fueled by a photo of an empty dining room, became a hot topic on Twitter and news outlets.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 1, 2012 | By Rebecca Trounson, Los Angeles Times
Letitia Baldrige, an etiquette maven who served as social secretary to First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy and later wrote books and a syndicated column advising readers on good manners in contemporary America, has died. She was 86. Baldrige died Monday at a nursing facility in Bethesda, Md., said Mary M. Mitchell, a longtime friend and writing collaborator. Baldrige had severe osteoarthritis with cardiac complications. In 1960, Baldrige received a life-changing phone call from Jacqueline Kennedy, a friend from their days at a private girls' school in Connecticut, who asked if she could help out at the White House.
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